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Two referees suspended over Asiagate scandal

Chihohwa has been left out of the Zifa referees panel for 2012 while Emmanuel, who is now an assessor, has also been suspended.

Nyoni was also under suspension over match-fixing allegations in the Zifa Division One Central Region but later was cleared of any wrong-doing.

The chairperson of the Referees Committee and Zifa vice president Ndumiso Gumede confirmed the development and emphasised that it was not going to portray a good image if they were to suspend players and the technical team but spare match officials who were fingered in the report.

“Every person who was fingered in the report has nothing to do with Zimbabwean football as of now until the committee appointed to look into this issue has finalised its findings.

“They must understand that we are not saying they are guilty until they are proven by the committee,” he said.

“Whoever is going to be found guilty has to dance to the music that they played. I foresee those found guilty facing arrests because it tarnishes the image of the country.”

Gumede added that as the chairperson of the Referees Committee, he had made sure that both Chihowa and Emmanuel were dropped from the Zifa referees panel that will do duty in the 2012 season.

The two referees officiated in the Middle East in Bahrain with other members of the group having gone there twice.

The first match was played in Bahrain on August 26 2009 featuring the host and Kenya while the second match was played on November 6 2009 featuring the hosts and Togo.

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